27 thoughts on “Monday mirthiness: Autumn – time to test fireworks

  1. Congratulations, Josh, not just for making me grin from ear to ear, but for showing with your sharp pen what this is about.

    We non-artists need lots of posts in three threads for that …

  2. Attack ads work pretty well in politics, so why not in climate science? Oh, wait, they’re the same thing…

  3. Oh my gosh… laughed and laughed!

    (I’d love to see either of these bozos after the’ve just seen this cartoon.)

  4. I wonder if tensions are high because in only 11 days the Gore-fest begins, and they don’t want any recent “doubters” in the news.

  5. Worse than ClimateGate.

    A lot of us naively assumed that post-CG, this type of crap would end. Instead, it seems CG just let it out of the closet and now instead of doing this stuff behind closed doors and denying it, they’re doing it openly.

    Peer reveiew was already badly damaged, now it appears beyond repair. The culture is pathologically corrupted — most of the field of climate science seems to think opinion and data-torture trumps empiricism.

  6. Three cheers for RS for preventing the outside disrupters from doing their typical modus operandi on the S & B paper. Remember the famous words by the disruptors from a climategate email, “K and I will keep them out somehow – even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is !”

    The disruptors seem rather dorky.

    John

  7. I’m glad George Orwell is not here to see this. It is funny but its also quite serious when you see the stranglehold these people have on science (and its not just climate science).

    “Where have all the good people gone?”

  8. Bernie says:
    September 5, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I must have missed something. How does Gavin fit into this train wreck?

    —————-

    Bernie,

    Gavin is playing the role of the little man hidden behind the curtain manipulating the huge fanatical face of Trenberth shouting at Spencer; like the famous scene in The Wizard of Oz.

    : )

    John

  9. I’m curious, has Gavin simply become an icon? Or is there any actual evidence he is involved in any of this? I didn’t see any comment on RC.

  10. Ahem. Folks, don’t try this at home.
    The experts in the depiction you just saw go kablooey are trained professionals.

  11. Excellent once again, Josh. Encapsulates the current situation perfectly.

    @Bernie, looks more like Mann to me, who is apparently helping out at climatedaily during his sabbatical.

  12. “(and its not just climate science).”
    The “results may vary” climate science model is alive and well in phamaceuticals. The variables in the human body from individual to individual are similar to climate.

    The research money is not in cures, but in “symptom management” drugs that one must take daily and permanently. Similar to climate science, the results of “the cure” for the individual will not be known until much later. In many cases the cure is worse than the disease. Patients are now lobbied over television to “ask your doctor” about more drugs to counteract the side effects of “the cure”..

    At least in the case of medicine, the long term commitment to “a cure” is voluntary….

  13. David Davidovics says:
    September 5, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    “I’m glad George Orwell is not here to see this. It is funny but its also quite serious when you see the stranglehold these people have on science (and its not just climate science).

    “Where have all the good people gone?””
    ________________________________________________________________
    You will find many of the good people here, in these topics, on a daily basis.

  14. Judith Curry’s Conclusion: “This is not the way to do it, and this kind of behavior, particularly from […] who is in a position of responsibility at a government lab […] will backfire on them.”

    Say it with a song:

    “So now you’d better STOP and rebuild all your ruin.
    Peace & trust can win the day despite all your losin’.”

    — Led Zeppelin

  15. Excellent presentation of the facts :-).
    Really made me laugh (and then I started to cry, since the joke is on all of us).

  16. Unlike the UK Met. Office, who deem summer to have ended on 1st Sept., I know we have until 21st Sept the equinox.
    Josh can produce some funny cartoons and this is no exception.

  17. John Marshall says:
    September 6, 2011 at 1:57 am

    > Unlike the UK Met. Office, who deem summer to have ended on 1st Sept., I know we have until 21st Sept the equinox.

    The US and most other North American meteorological organizations deem that the last day of summer is Aug 31, and that the first day of autumn is Sep 1. Southern hemisphere folks deem that Sep 1 is the onset of spring. This is in part due to temperature patterns and in part convenience, though spring sure doesn’t start in New Hampshire on Mar 1. That’s even too early for Mud Season.

    Astronomers are more interested solar position, not solar heating, and deem the transition to be the moment the subsolar point crosses the equator on its southward spiral.

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